Christmas Charity Collections in Hampshire Libraries

We are proud to announce that this Christmas period a selection of Hampshire Library branches will become collection points for local food banks and charities.

The Food Banks campaign was initially chosen by library branch staff as a feature of the libraries’ annual campaign plan. As Christmas is a time of highest demand and potential for giving, what better time than now for our libraries to take advantage of being at the centre of local communities. We advised our branches to focus on one of two options for the campaign:

•‘More Than Food’ Banks: non-food items often forgotten as food bank provisions: hygiene products, toiletries, feminine products, household items and baby supplies. OR
•A potential alternative would be to run a shoebox drop off/shoebox scheme.

While the service as a whole is keen top be involved, we established five individual library branches that are able to contribute to the process locally. The confirmed collections are:

Aldershot LibraryFarnborough Foodbank

Andover LibraryAndover Foodbank

Gosport Discovery CentreFareham & Gosport Basics Bank

Hedge End LibrarySouthampton Women’s Aid: Women’s Shelter Collection

Lymington LibraryThe New Forest Basics Bank

Winchester Discovery CentreWinchester Basics Bank

Yateley LibraryCrowthorne Foodbank

The involvement with these charitable schemes was only made possible by the practical advice and guidance of the Trussel Trust, who oversee food bank network over a wide area, and from Winchester Community First – specifically regarding the Basics Banks at Winchester, Fareham & Gosport and the New Forest.

The option chosen at each library or Discovery Centre suit the branch locally and/or is an issue of great importance to the customers, staff and local community. It’s also excellent timing with UK Charity Week between 4 and 10th December.

We hope you are excited by this opportunity to support such excellent local schemes on your seasonal visits to the library! There will be no end of Christmas-themed fun at our branches, including arts & craft workshops, kids’ workshops, theatre shows, storytimes, book promotions and much more. See branch websites for more details.

2 thoughts on “Christmas Charity Collections in Hampshire Libraries”

    1. Hi Fiona, yes we are always hopeful of having an even spread across the county. With this campaign, it relied on each local library finding a convenient arrangement with the service or charity in their local area. Unfortunately we couldn’t arrange this centrally. However we are pleased to have recently shared details of Aldershot Library’s collection for Farnborough Foodbank, which at least gave some representation to north Hampshire. Being an awareness campaign, we are keen to promote contributions to similar charities in any location and hope it at least provides some inspiration.:-) Merry Christmas from all at Hampshire Libraries!

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